I am… Number Six…

Well, that’s a nice surprise. Thanks for the invite. Not entirely sure of how all this works, but…having slowly morphed into a horrifically boring 2-dimensional creature, it might be difficult to find five of …anything.

Five Passions-

– Trying to do whatever I’m doing or involved in to my best capacity…so I guess that means being passionate about being passionate. These would include music, history, gardening ( after a fashion ), reading/ writing/ trying to write (after a fashion) spiritual awareness ( after yet another fashion )

Before I die-

-Just once…to be able to get through Isaac Albinez’ Leyenda without dropping the ball. I’ve been trying for 33 years, and it ‘s just not going well. It has never gone well. But ever the optimist…

– Must have; a long conversation with my niece Olivia. I will simply refuse to depart this plane of existence without assurance of her safety and security.

– To somehow find a way to forgive Olivia’s mother her shortcomings. This would involve being a much more advanced spiritual entity. Very difficult.

– That’s all I’ve got right now. But not bad for a 2D guy.

Five sayings-

-#%@ *!# !

– Where are my glasses?

– Do you like scallions?

– Not in this lifetime

– No, really…Bach and Julie Andrews!

Five books- ( most recent)

– Fort Pillow ( Harry Turtledove )

– The Surgeon’s Mate ( Patrick O’Brian )

– Portrait of a Killer ( Patricia Cornwall )

– Sixkill ( Robert Parker )

– Talk to the Hand ( Lynn Truss )

Five Movies-

I list these according to how often I’ve re-seen them;

Glory- probably over a hundred or so, since 1989. Denzel, Matthew, Morgan, and Cary in their early days.

Gettysburg- when the mood requires. Jeff Daniels as Col. Chamberlain. Well done.

Dances with Wolves. I’ll usually stop to watch a bit of this.

Russel Crowe, generally.

Daniel Day Lewis, generally.

Johny Depp, generally.

Monk ( does tv stuff count? )

Five travel spots;

– Ireland ( Partry, Co. Mayo-where we came from- they have two pubs and a gas station! )

– Spain ( the Segovia tour )

– New Mexico/ Colorado; would love to check in with Boulder and Albuquerque again ( and Leadville, too )

– New Orleans ( food and music )

– London ( The Tower, and all the cheesy tourist stuff )

Well, there it is. That turned out to be more fun than I thought. Thanks again!

Published in: on July 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm  Comments (5)  

A Good Preacher…

spreads the word.



A Firebird player, great rthythm section, strong clear vocals…

It’s a great sign that this music totally regenerates and re-invents itself again every now and then. After all the God-awful junk that the ‘ music industry’  pushes down the chute… Uncles Plante, Jones and Page are most pleased.

Me, too.

Published in: on July 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm  Comments (2)  

Aw, Snap…

I really wanted to be able to write that it had never happened before. That it was a brand new thing under the sun. That would have been just neat to be able to do.

But the damned internet strikes again. I had to go and ask the question.

And consequently found that the thing is not new, and that the central focus of my post had actually done it himself, may have very well been the first to do it.

Eric Van Lustbader has done it, keeping Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne character alive.

Max Allan Collins, too, with Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.

I speak of Robert B. Parker. His venerable Spenser has been carried forward by Ace Atkins.

And Michael Brandman has continued on with Jesse Stone.

And I am very pleased to report that they’re thankfully good at it.

I recall the uncomfortable and dreadful feeling of finally reading the very last few pages of Sixkill, the last novel written and published by Parker himself. It was like drinking the last few drops of fresh water on a deserted island, and knowing that you’re really truly and forever finished. Done. 

But in some few cases, the work is so strong that it simply cannot perish. Hawk, Spenser, Susan Silverman and Chief Stone are still with us, carried forward like fallen battle flags. The writing style has been meticulously studied and recreated, and serves tremendous honor to the originals. It’s quite like listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn play ‘ Voodoo Chile”. You know it’s different, but the veneration for the style transcends all.

Spenser is still in his Boston…now if only we could get Doc Rivers, Pierce, and Garnett back…



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